Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

New York
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Paul, Weiss represents high net worth clients including wealthy families, senior executives, public charities and family offices. "They have outstanding professionals in their group and we use them for some of the most complex and sophisticated planning," reports a trust insider, who adds: "They are a go-to firm for very sophisticated clients." The firm also handles tax controversies and has experience dealing with the IRS and other tax authorities. A private client attorney remarks: "They possess excellent lawyers and can really ensure the client is looked after in the best way possible."

One legal source reports: "They are a top-tier firm with a huge amount of lawyers and resources to offer clients a stellar service and high-end legal advice." Another New York interviewee states: "If I had any important decisions to make, both legal and even personal, I couldn't imagine doing it without lawyers at the firm. They are a fundamental part of my decision-making for me and my family."

Notable practitioners

Alan Halperin
has decades of experience advising on private client matters and regularly acts for private equity managers, investment bankers and real estate developers. "He is one of the leaders in the community and is just a really excellent all-around trusts and estates lawyer," states one legal insider, while another wealth adviser notes that "he is an expert in all aspects of private wealth services." A market source describes him as "very responsive and technically skilled while also being practically-oriented." The source continues: "He can articulate very complex things in an easy-to-understand manner. He has a very sophisticated thought process and does very good planning." Peers further highlight that he "enjoys a reputation as one of the most prominent partners in our field" and note that he is "as good as anyone in the market."

Loretta Ippolito
is described by peers as "smart as a whip." She regularly advises high net worth clients on both domestic and international matters and is described by a wealth attorney as "a true heavy-hitter." Her client care is highlighted by sources, with one attorney reporting that she has "a great bedside manner." Another interviewee explains: "She has such a human touch while also being very highly technical, and this means she has a great combination of planning capabilities." The interviewee continues: "She has some very high-profile clients and has a very warm manner which helps puts clients at ease."